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mental health mondays :: bipolar opposites

you wouldn't like me when i'm angry
apparently the newest [dis]member of the disturbing murder [person and kittens] club has been apprehended in berlin, roughly a week after the superintendent of his building found a maggot-ridden human torso in a suitcase and random appendages started showing up destined for major canadian political parties. for a guy who once apparently wrote a really pretentious manifesto on "how to disappear forever", it seems like he was unaware of precautions like getting a fake passport, not using your own cell phone and not googling yourself while sitting in a cafe so that the waiter can quickly realise why you look familiar. you know, the stuff that all of us learned from watching television by the age of ten.

i don't think that anyone is about to make the argument that magnotta is mentally well. the word "narcissist"has been thrown around so much in the last few days, it seems like that's actually the charge against him. i even think that the media has been reasonably clear that this is narcissism in the pathological sense, not just a descriptive. what they are getting at here, although no one seems to have used the exact term, is that this is someone with a narcissistic personality disorder.

i'd argue that there are pretty clear signs that this guy also suffers from antisocial personality disorder, which is the new "warm fuzzy" name for being a psychopath.

what i find troubling [well, one of the things that i find troubling] is that i've already seen some attention given to an "admission" he made on line that he was bipolar.

dude, get the hell off my turf.

people with mental disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar face a lot of prejudice and certainly one of the greatest is that they're, well, crazy. crazy like the serial killers we've seen portrayed in movies or heard about, or watched countless hours of on the biography channel.  and some of them do become violent, but it's important to remember that they actually have the same or less incidence of violence than people who aren't schizophrenic or bipolar and are generally a far greater danger to themselves than to other people.

for all i know, magnotta may be bipolar,  but i think it needs to be made clear that this isn't linked to his chopping up people or animals or mailing body parts. those are the actions of someone controlled by underlying personality disorders, disorders that appear to have been missed by the psychiatrist who diagnosed him. [i'm sort of haunted by the idea that we might have gone to the same doctor, in which case, i wonder what was missed on my profile.]

aside from everything else, i do not want to spend my summer hearing about the dangers of bipolar people and how they're all secretly stashing body parts somewhere in their home at all times. unless the attendant furor allows me to get away with attacking and disfiguring a narcissistic sociopath who tortured people and kittens and was too stupid to figure out how to use wi-fi. but really, i'd like to see the bipolar people left alone. they have enough to deal with.

if you'd like to read a little about "axis ii" personality disorders and what makes them different, you can have a look at this.

you could also go back and have a look through the always-popular mental health mondays archive. i really have to resurrect this on an ongoing basis.


as long as you're here, why not read more?

making faces :: soft touch

ah winter, how my lips hate you. it's too bad, really, because the rest of me likes winter, down to about -12 or so. but there's no arguing that i get dried out. nuxe rĂªve de miel is my super best friend at this time of year, even more so than otherwise. [i gave bite's agave lip mask a try only to find out i'm allergic to something in it.] but our [still] new apartment is somewhat drier than the old one [electric vs hot water heating], which meant that, for a long stretch, virtually every kind of lipstick was uncomfortable. the horror. [i wrote a post a while back about the formulas that are friendliest to chapped lips.]

faced with this dilemma, i decided to try something not exactly new, but [for me], out of the ordinary: being a gloss girl. now, i don't mind glosses. i buy them from time to time, and i used to buy more until i discovered that i just wasn't using them near enough to justify the continued purchases. my issues with glosses are that they feather…


i keep seeing this ad for tictac candies:

am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

oh and by the way, showing me that your product will somehow cause my stomach to explode in a rainbow of wtf makes me believe that doing consuming tictacs would be a worse dietary decision than the time i ate two raw eggs and a half a bottle of hot sauce on a dare.

making faces :: a lip for all seasons [winter edition]

it seems oddly canadian to have two posts in a row about winter/ cold/ snow, but they're obviously unrelated. after all, for most people winter is a season, but in colour analysis terms, winter is part of what you are, an effect of the different wavelengths that comprise the physical part of the thing known as "you". this might be getting a little heady for a post about lipstick. moving on...

if you've perused the other entries in this series without finding something that really spoke to you [figuratively- lipsticks shouldn't actually speak to you- get help], you may belong in one of the winter seasons. winter, like summer, is cool in tone; like spring, it is saturated; like autumn, it is dark. that combination of elements creates a colour palette [or three] that reads as very "strong" to most. and on people who aren't part of the winter group, such a palette would look severe. the point of finding a palette that reads "correctly" on you…